The Top 10 NFL Teams Heading Into the 2020 Season
#10 – Minnesota Vikings
With an outstanding defense that gave up only 19 points per game during the 2019 season, and a rapidly improving offense, the Vikings are a serious threat heading into 2020. After upsetting the New Orleans’s Saints during the playoffs last year, there is little doubt that quarterback, Kirk Cousins, can make big times throws, especially with a star running back like Dalvin Cook.
#9 – Philadelphia Eagles
Carson Wentz was hit hard in the helmet and was sidelined during the playoffs. With Wentz out of the game, the Eagles stood no chance. However, if Carson Wentz can remain healthy throughout the 2020 season and playoffs, the Eagles are serious contenders. The Eagles added wide receiver Marquise Goodwin to their offense during the offseason which provide the Eagles with a deep ball threat.
#8 – Green Bay Packers
Despite going 13-3 and making it to the NFC championship game last year against the 49ers, the Packers are a surprisingly shallow team. Although Aaron Rodgers, Devante Adams, and Aaron Jones all dominate on the field, the Packers just don’t have enough players to compete with the best. When the time comes to play teams like the 49ers, the Packers simply don’t stand a chance.
#7 – Tenessee Titans
Last year the Titans went 9-7, barely squeezing into the playoffs. However, in the playoffs, they shocked the NFL, beating both the Patriots and the Ravens, before ultimately blowing a lead against the Chiefs in the AFC championship game. With one of the most dominant running backs in the game, Derrick Henry, as well as a very talented defense, no team wants to see the Titans on their schedule.
#6 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Although the Buccaneers finished 7-8 in 2019, the addition of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski gives them new life. Tom Brady, one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, will now have two solid tight ends at his disposal, along with two of the top 15 current receivers with Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. Even though opponents averaged 28 points per game against Tampa Bay throughout the season, the Buccaneer’s defense was much stronger towards the end of the regular season.
#5 – Seattle Seahawks
As long as Russell Wilson remains on the Seahawks, Seattle will always be a Super Bowl contender in the NFL. Last year, The Seahawks were an inch away from becoming the third seed with an 11-5 record. However, since Jacob Hollister was stuffed at the goal line, the Seahawks ended up entering the playoffs as the 5th seed. Despite a defense with some weak points, Russell Wilson, and wide receivers, D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, remain a deadly threat to any opposing defense.
#4 – New Orleans Saints
The Saints finished 13-3 last year, lead by a dominant Drew Brees and Michael Thomas duo. Despite a crushing loss to the Minnesota Vikings in overtime to end their season last year, the Saints will come back stronger than ever, especially with the new addition of wide receiver, Emmanuel Sanders. However, the biggest concern for the Saints is their defense, which allowed 21 points per game last year (13th out of 32 teams).
#3 – San Fransisco 49ers
Coming off a disappointing super bowl defeat, the San Fransisco 49ers, are looking to finish the job which they couldn’t last year, the Super Bowl. Despite losing Deforest Buckner, and Joe Staley during the offseason, the 49er’s team doesn’t appear to be any weaker, especially after picking up Javon Kinslaw and Trent Williams during the offseason. If anything, the 49ers will be very hungry for a championship after coming so close to the trophy in 2019.
#2 – Baltimore Ravens
Last year the Baltimore Raven’s offense averaged 33 points per game, which lead the NFL. Teams found it almost impossible to guard unanimous MVP, Lamar Jackson, especially surrounded by players like Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, Willie Snead, Mark Andrews, and Mark Ingram. In addition to all the offensive production, Baltimore’s defense ranked third last year in points allowed per game, giving up a little over 17.5 points each game. Baltimore also possesses the deepest NFL roster, having sent 12 players to the 2020 Pro Bowl.
#1 – Kansas City Chiefs
After winning Super Bowl 54 last year, the Chiefs appear to be unstoppable. From Travis Kelce to Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs surround the best quarterback in the NFL, Patrick Mahomes, with deadly offensive weapons. Not to mention their solid defense that gave up only 19 points per game on average. Going into 2020, the Chiefs are the best team in the NFL
Nathaniel is a student at the College Preparatory School. His favorite sports to play are Baseball and Basketball. He also enjoys watching Football. He is a sports writer for At the Buzzer.